On 1 December 2022, the UK Government made some changes that may affect foreigners seeking teaching jobs in the UK, Scotland, and Ireland. In this article, we look at this new requirement about teaching in England for non-UK teachers and trainee teachers, and for schools and training providers recruiting from overseas.
Understanding the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) system
First, let us look at a system that provides standards for who can or can not teach in the UK. English teacher training leads to a professional teaching qualification called qualified teacher status (QTS). You can apply for QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). If you’re a qualified teacher from outside the UK, you can work as a teacher in England for up to 4 years without QTS. After that, QTS is a legal requirement to teach in many English schools, and considered desirable for teachers in the majority of schools in England.
New change in law
As we said above, there is a slight change to the law and the change affects professionals from certain countries.
From 1 February 2023, teachers who qualified in the following 9 countries will also be able to apply to TRA for QTS:
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
This change is part of the launch of a new service, apply for QTS in England. From 1 February 2023, the way the UK Government awards QTS will change.
Teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of QTS.
Over time, this route will be opened to qualified teachers from every country outside the UK.
How to apply for QTS if you teach outside the UK
Here we consider the various routes to qualified teacher status (QTS) for non-UK and UK teachers for those with teaching experience living and working outside the UK.
CampusLifestyle.org is providing this as one of the latest updates to regulations for teaching in the UK. This is because the UK Government only updated these regulations on 01 December 2022.
This guidance is for:
- non-UK qualified teachers
- non-UK citizens with teaching experience
- UK citizens with teaching experience now living and working overseas
How to teach in England if you qualified outside the UK
To teach in England if you are a non-UK citizen who qualified as teacher outside the UK you will need:
- the correct visa or status
- teaching skills and experience you can demonstrate to an employer
- to pass criminal and professional safeguarding checks (these will be organised by your employer)
- Note that Irish citizens do not need a visa to work or live in the UK.
- To be able to teach in the UK, it is also very helpful to possess:
- a teaching qualification (this can be from your own or another non-UK country)
- English ‘qualified teacher status’ (QTS)
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Where to find teaching jobs in the UK
Let us now look at how and where to find teaching jobs in the UK, especially if you are abroad.
CampusLifestyle.org regularly publishes job vacancies in the UK, including those with via sponsorship. Join our Telegram channel using the link at the top of this article for me.
Official sources of teaching jobs are:
There is also a platform called JobsAware. To stay safe in your job search and flexible work, we recommend that you visit JobsAware for information and to get free, expert advice for safer work.
Visit Get into Teaching for general information and support about being a teacher in England, including details of salaries and benefits. If you’re interested in teaching in England, you may also find it useful to refer to the general information for international teachers and trainees:
- teach in England if you qualified outside the UK gives an overview of visas and immigration routes, and the help available, to non-UK teachers
- train to teach in England: non-UK applicants gives an overview of visas and immigration routes and how to apply to train to teach in England
- Get Into Teaching offers information and advice on becoming a teacher in England, including details about salaries and benefits
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